As the legend goes, twenty one years ago this month, in a ballsy power move that would forever change comics, comic book all stars Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri, Erik Larsen, Whilce Portacio, and Jim Valentino left Marvel Comics to form their own comic book publishing company called Image. As a response to years of creator mistreatment at the time and given maybe six months to live, twenty years later Image Comics continues to influence mainstream comics and popular culture to this very day.
HOT documentary The Image Revolution tells the story of Image Comics, from its founders’ work at Marvel, through Image’s early days, the ups and downs of the ’90s, and the publisher’s new generation of properties like The Walking Dead.
The Image Revolution is an absolute MUST WATCH for comic book fans, and in my opinion one of the best documentaries of the year. Long overdue, the Image story is FINALLY told with the cooperation of the seven founding members. There was a book a few years back called Image Comics: The Road To Independence that tried to tell the story, but it didn't have the cooperation of Rob Liefeld. That is like trying to tell the story of The Beatles without having the cooperation of Paul McCartney. Then there was last year's book Marvel Comics: The Untold Story which had nothing more than an excerpt about the formation of Image.
Director Patrick Meaney, who made critically acclaimed documentaries Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods and Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, absolutely crushes it with The Image Revolution, and I think tells the definitive story.
The Image Revolution is engaging and the always enthusiastic Rob Liefeld steals the show with his funny impressions of Todd McFarlane and others. Check out this exclusive clip which we embedded for you below.
I was a freshman in college when Image was formed and I remember when the announcement was made in February of 1992 because EVERYONE was talking about it. The news was all over the newspapers and news outlets. The Image Revolution has vintage VHS clips from CNN and other outlets which covered the Image launch.
Going to the comic book store to get Image books was always an event in 1992 because I would have to wait in line to get books like Youngblood when it launched in April, followed by Spawn in May, Savage Dragon in July, and Brigade, Shadowhawk, and WildC.A.T.S. in August. I still have those books in storage to this very day.
Produced by Jordan Rennert with executive producers Julian Darius and Mike Phillips, The Image Revolution is available as a pre-order for digital download HERE at the Sequart Research & Literacy Organization online store. At $4.99 it is an absolute steal.
Check out the full trailer for The Image Revolution and be sure to give the documentary a look when it is released this month.